Moon Walk & Dinner

The moon was a symbolic celestial body for Native Hawaiians. Mahina’s (the moon) phases often determined Hawaiian practices, such as when to plant crops. Waimea Valley, which houses an impressive botanical garden, honors Mahina and its significance to Hawaiian culture through a Moon Walks starting in April 2018. 


“Our annual moon walks are a popular activity at the Valley,” says Richard Pezzulo, executive director. “Not only are the walks a unique way to experience the Valley, but it is an opportunity for us to share how significant the Hawaiian lunar phases are and what they meant to the lives of Native Hawaiians.”

Regular Moon Walk admission is $10 and you may enter at 8pm & 8:30pm. Entrance starts with an oli protocol and safety instructions. Visitors must exit the Valley by 10 p.m.  

A dinner is catered by Ke Nui Kitchen at The Proud Peacock is offered from 6pm to 8pm. Dinner is $34.95 for adults and $17.50 for children 4-12 years old. Purchase of buffet dinner includes a free admission to the Moon Walk. Early dinner reservations and purchases are encouraged.  

2018 Dates

June 29, Friday

July 21, Saturday

August 19, Sunday

September 21, Friday

October 19, Friday


Due to the cultural sensitivity of Waimea Valley we would like to offer important information for you to review before your visit.

Q: What time does the moonwalk begin?

A: The Valley opens admission to the Moon Walk at 8pm and 8:30pm. Both times will start with our Cultural staff doing protocol and giving you instructions for your safety. Once protocol is done you can walk on the main path to the waterfall.

Q: when does the moonwalk end?

A: You must be out past the ticket booth by 10pm.

Q: What time does the buffet start/end?

A: The buffet starts at about 6:00pm and goes until 8:00pm when the moonwalk begins.

Q: How much does it cost for the moonwalk admission?

A: The general admission costs $10

Q: What are the prices for the buffet dinner?

A: Dinner is $34.95 for adults and $17.50 for children. Purchase of buffet dinner will include a free admission to the Moon Walk. Be sure to get a wristband from the host.

Q: Can I just show up for the buffet dinner or do I need a reservation?


Q: How do I make a reservation for the dinner?

A: You will need to visit our website,

Q: What does the moonwalk entail?

A: we open up the Valley for people to walk up to the waterfall in the moonlight. Waimea Valley staff will start protocol at 8pm and 830pm. These are the two times you are allowed to enter. If you show up at 8:15pm you will need to wait for the 8:30pm protocol to enter. Staff is not here to provide a guided tour.

Q: What are the tours that you provide?

A: We do not provide guided tours. Cultural staff is here to open up the 8pm and 8:30pm protocol and give you instructions for your safety on the walk up to the waterfall.

Q: Are we allowed to go wherever we want in the Valley during the moonwalk?

A: No. Only the main path is open and available to walk on to the waterfall. For your safety this will be the only path to and from the waterfall.

Q: How long is the walk to the waterfall?

A: It is ¾ of a mile (or 1.2 Kilometers) one way.

Q: Can we swim in the waterfall?

A: No. Swimming is only allowed during regular business hours 9am to 5pm dependent on swimming conditions. Swimming in the waterfall requires the presence of lifeguards and life jackets to be worn at all times.

Q: How long will it take to walk there?

A: It usually takes about 20-30 minutes one way.

Q: Is it stroller/ wheelchair accessible?

A: The main path is paved but there are minor potholes that may be hard to see in the dark. Shuttles are not provided during the Moon Walk.

Q: Is there anything you suggest that I bring/ have with me?

A: A light jacket, insect repellant, and closed toe shoes. Depending on the day’s weather a rain jacket and/or umbrella may be needed.

Q: Can I walk up in slippers, heels, sandals?

A: Whatever you are more comfortable in is suggested. The main path way is only lighted by the moon, no other lights are provided. The walk is ¾ of a mile.

Q: I bought a buffet ticket, how do I get in for the moonwalk?

A: please be sure to have your Eventbrite print out of your purchased buffet. This will show proof of your buffet purchase. You will be given a wristband at the buffet to allow entry into the Valley for the moon walk. Entry to the Moon Walk is at 8pm or 8:30pm and you must exit by 10pm.

Q: I am not interested in the buffet, how do I reserve a space for just the moonwalk?

A: You do not do reservations for the moonwalk. Purchasing tickets ahead of time is not an option. All you need to do for the moonwalk is to show up at the entry times of 8pm or 8:30pm and pay the $10 admission at our ticket booth.

Q: Can we drink during the moonwalk?

A: Non-alcoholic drinks are allowed in the Valley. We ask that you please throw all rubbish in the correct rubbish cans. Alcoholic drinks are not allowed in the Valley. Outside alcoholic drinks are not allowed in the buffet.

If you do have any additional questions you can email us or call (808) 638-7766